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Government grant for home EV charging expanded to include on-street parking

By Mathilda Bartholomew | March 19, 2024


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The government has introduced legislation allowing households without driveways to access a grant covering up to 75% of the cost for installing electric vehicle charge points

Government grant for home EV charging expanded to include on-street parking

The government just announced that charging your electric car at home is going to become even easier thanks to new funding. This funding, totalling £381 million through the Local Electric Vehicle (LEVI) fund, will be given to councils across the UK. They can then decide the best places to install electric vehicle charge points for drivers.

So far, 44 councils have taken advantage of £185 million of this fund to provide more places for drivers to charge their electric vehicles.

The goal of this initiative is to speed up the installation of electric vehicle charge points, making it simpler for people to switch from petrol or diesel cars to electric ones.

The Minister of Technology and Decarbonisation, Anthony Browne, stated: “This government has a plan to help speed up the installation of EV charge points, which we’re getting on and delivering.

“This dedicated funding to local councils is part of our plan to ensure people can switch from a petrol or diesel car to an EV when they choose to do so.”

Minister for Affordability and Skills Amanda Solloway continued: “This funding will make it easier for people to switch to electric vehicles.

“By bolstering our public charging network, we are not only making electric vehicles more accessible, but also driving the transition towards a cleaner, greener future.”

To further support electric vehicle drivers, the government has introduced new legislation. This legislation ensures that households without driveways or dedicated parking spaces can access the electric vehicle charge point grant. This grant provides up to 75% off the cost of purchasing and installing a charge point. To qualify, applicants must also have permission from their council to install a charging solution that crosses the pavement.

If you're considering switching to an electric vehicle, this grant could make the transition easier for you. And if you already own an electric vehicle, initiatives like these could contribute to the growth of electric vehicles on the road. However, there are still other challenges to address in the electric vehicle transition.

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